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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 1. Víkingarvísur, 1 [Vol. 1, 534]

[4] sæmeiðr ‘sea-tree [SHIP]’: Hofmann (1955, 80) argues that this shows influence from Old English poetry, and makes a similar, though more tentative, claim about st. 3/8 brimskíð ‘surf-ski’. But he overstates the rarity of this type of ship-kenning in Old Norse (cf. Meissner 221-2), and although Sigvatr certainly went to England later in his career, it is more problematic to trace the sources of English influence in this early poem (see also Notes to sts 6/4, 7/7-8, 8/7 below).


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